Supporting nature-based learning in our parks

Field trips and excursions provide rich opportunities for students to experience holistic and hands-on learning in nature. Perhaps even more importantly, field trips and excursions are an ideal and natural point for students to begin to develop a sense of belonging, place-based connections, positive environmental values and respectful behaviours.

Parks Victoria supports teachers and students to learn in nature through self-guided park visits or ranger-guided activities. No matter which option you choose, there are a few things to be mindful of when planning a student excursion or field trip to a park or reserve.

Use the links below to help you plan your next visit.

School students walking with teacher through an urban park on an excursion

Self-guided education visits

Many of Victoria's parks, reserves, and waterways provide great sites for bush kinder, excursions, fieldwork, sporting events, camps, hikes and adventure activities. Download the relevant handbook for year-level specific preparation advice to help you to manage risk, plan a safe trip and reduce your group’s impact on the environment.

Ranger crouching next to rock pool showing four Junior Ranger children a shell

Ranger-led learning experiences

Parks Victoria offers a range of curriculum-aligned ranger-guided learning activities and programs for students across the state. Our hands-on programs engage Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary students as they connect with and learn about Victoria's amazing natural environment and cultural heritage.

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